Regarding monetary compensation, why not just make that part of the negotiations in the first place? Barak once made Arafat a generous offer and Arafat refused it outright. There was no counter-proposal made by the Palestinians. They immediately resorted to violence when they couldn't get everything they wanted. And if anything, Hamas is worse. It still sends suicide bombers to attack Israeli civilians whenever it wants to and can. Their charter not only refuses to recognize Israel but still demands its destruction. Israel took the initiative to dismantle the Gaza settlements on its own. What initiative have the Palestinians recently made for peace? Oh yeah, they voted Hamas into government.
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